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The prominent parties in West Bengal, The Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress both competed each other on showing off their enthusiasm in organizing Ram Navami events.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh marked the celebrations with a salute of the sword, and also with a demonstration with other ‘symbolic’ weapons. Gosh is contesting for the Lok Sabha elections from Medinipur seat. He said that there was nothing wrong with using “Ram for politics”.”Those who are destroying the culture of Bengal, those who are using violence, shedding blood, destroying democracy, and attacking women, we will use the sword and mace against them. Ram was a king. I will do politics with him. Why are they doing politics with Allah here? This is the country of Ram. We will do Ram politics a thousand times,” he added.

Amid the workers and leaders of Trinamool Congress also not taking a backseat in Ram Navami celebrations, party chief and chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee criticised BJP using religion in campaigning. She said that “such tactics would not work in Bengal”.

While campaigning for her party from Darjeeling, she said that “Some of them (BJP leaders and workers) are out with maces and swords on the streets to ask for votes today. What’s the link with politics? Who will you hit with maces, or who will you behead with the sword? Remember, this is Bengal. These tactics don’t work in Bengal,” Ms Banerjee said.

Dibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool candidate for Kanthi seat commented on the controversy that “Ram is not BJP’s property. Ram is everybody’s, across India for all Hindus. You can’t do politics with Ram. Those who do politics with Ram will have to explain. We are not doing politics with Ram. They have turned Ram into a polling agent. Have they built the Ram Mandir? But they had promised. When they got the Ram idol here, there were BJP flags all around. That is politicization of Ram”. He also performed a “havan” on Ram Navami.

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